Italian Olive Salad

Italian Olive Salad

In 1902, the first Italian-Americans arrived in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Read more about their contributions to Mineral Point history in the article Italian Food and Culture in Mineral Point. For this issue of Kitchen & Culture, we feature a recipe for Italian Olive Salad graciously shared by Renee Dahl.

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Old-world Italian food and culture in Southern Wisconsin

Old-world Italian food and culture in Southern Wisconsin

More than one-hundred years after Italian immigration to Wisconsin peaked in the first decade of the twentieth century, evidence lingers of those southern European roots. Today, descendants of the state’s early Italian families continue to operate restaurants and delis, to put on festivals, and to share their recipes, history and cultural heritage.

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Kitchen and Culture – Genoa Minestrone Soup

Kitchen and Culture – Genoa Minestrone Soup

Mary Mangardi McGuire, a descendent of the first Italians to settle in Mineral Point in the early 20th Century has generously shared information and stories for our Italians in Mineral Point page. As part of the project, here is Mary’s recipe for Genoa Minestrone Soup.

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Italians in Mineral Point

Italians in Mineral Point

Mineral Point’s first Italians arrived in 1902. They left Italy for the same reasons that spurred the Cornish to leave Europe – the promise of good jobs and a safe, stable place to raise their children. Italian immigrants brought with them their traditions, recipes, Catholic religion, and a staunch working class ethic that helped them land jobs on the railroad and at Mineral Point’s then-booming…….

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Italian Food and Culture in Mineral Point

Italian Food and Culture in Mineral Point

When 28-year-old Charles Galle arrived in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 1902, his possessions included the clothes on his back and a small packet of Italian pepper seeds. He had carefully carried the seeds from his home in the southern Italian region of Calabria, across the Atlantic ocean, through Ellis Island, to Chicago, and finally to Mineral Point.

One hundred and twelve years later, his grandson, Joe Galle, still plants the descendents of those seeds each summer in his garden in Mineral Point.

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